Medical Journal of Malaysia

MJM, Vol 70 Supplement 1 September 2015

Workplace Health Promotion - An Organisational Viewpoint

David Koh*, **, Katherine Koh***

*Universiti Brunei Darussalam, **Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, ***Psychologist and Deputy Head (WHP Services), ST Healthcare, Singapore


It is important to understand the organizational viewpoint and its management styles in order to initiate and sustain workplace health promotion (WHP) programs. Management views and styles may be driven by data, cost consciousness or in some instances there may even be a lack of awareness of WHP. Often a mixture of these factors can exist.

Data driven management require a strong evidence based case on the effects of WHP on productivity and employee wellbeing, as well as potential cost savings of companies in the future. Utilization of low-cost WHPs, subsidized talks and workshops, available grants and sponsorships, free resources and exploration of cost sharing or co-funding may appeal to the cost conscious. Education of the unaware may be in the form of clarification of myths and misconceptions about WHP and outlining its framework and components.

Understanding the organizational viewpoint and utilizing a mixture of approaches to address their individual styles and needs will optimize the chances of introducing and sustaining successful WHP programs in the organization.